Already a winner of Young Achiever of the Year at the first Scottish Asian Business Awards and more recently Female Business Person of the Year 2010 at the Scottish Ethnic Awards, Ms Poddar (28) owns and manages a series of successful businesses, including Sterling Care Homes which she acquired in 2008, Lotus Senior Living and Little Einstein’s Kindergarten, which owns and operates seven nurseries throughout Scotland.
In addition to the seven children’s nurseries in Glasgow, Perth, Arbroath and Dundee there is also a nursery nurse training business, Thistle Training, which is also based in Dundee.
She said: “To be named a finalist for this highly prestigious business award is a tremendous honour and I aim to do my utmost to prove I am a worthy contender.”
“There are lots of business opportunities out there at present, even in what is a difficult market and my hope is that more and more young woman, especially those from Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups take up the challenge of starting-up and developing successful businesses.”
Her portfolio of companies reported turnover in excess of £7million and currently employs 250 staff.